Authorities arrested more than 100 suspected gang members in San Diego Wednesday, reports the city’s Union-Tribune. They face racketeering and other charges in a series of sweeping federal indictments. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy called it the largest single take-down of gang members in memory. The early-morning arrests were made by members of local and federal law enforcement agencies. Fifteen members named in indictments or criminal complaints remain at large.
Among those arrested are two high-ranking members of the Mexican Mafia, the prison-based gang that Duffy said controls street gang activities in huge chunks of the county. Also arrested were as many as eight “shot callers,” or street gang leaders, who sell drugs and also collect “taxes” that are funneled to Mexican Mafia leaders. The arrests were the product of three separate investigations conducted in North County, East County and central San Diego, Duffy said. The probes lasted more than year and involved extensive wiretaps. The defendants are accused of crimes including drug sales, extortion, assaults and attempted murders.